For a glimpse at an over-the-moon imaginative design, look no further than this space craft-inspired tiny house in central Washington constructed by naval architect Kurt Hughes. With the help of his boatbuilding prowess, Hughes came up with a hexagonal domicile that hovers nine feet above the ground on the support of three steel beams attached to concrete pads.
The 250-square-foot dwelling weighs approximately 3,000 pounds, which only amounts to one-tenth of the heft of the Apollo 11 lunar module after which it was modeled.
"I wanted an homage to an era when anything was possible," he says. "And, the Apollo astronauts trained only a few miles from here," Hughes told Seattle Times of the space-y home's riverfront location.
A crafty combination of ingenuity and space travel blueprints helped Hughes breathe life into his vision of "a habitable dwelling with the latest marine composite technology, providing creature comforts with low impact on the land and high amazement factor."
The home is accessible via 12 solar-lighted steps that form a path to a porthole-bearing front door. Once inside, the open main level features a galley, bathroom, nook, storage area and a geodesic dome through which tons of natural light floods the space. The bathroom casts its own glow, thanks to its phosphorescent epoxy flooring. A ladder leads to a lounging area for two, a kitchen and a bed. On the upper level, a deck offers views of the surrounding landscape. Hughes also added a personal touch: inside hangs an autographed lunar module graphic from his daughter's space camp days at The Museum of Flight, signed by Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise.
"Typically, an architect can look at a building and understand what's going on," Hughes said. "I looked at the lunar lander and couldn't figure it out. While it always was, 'Don't just do a box, like almost everybody else,' this is a proof of concept for building a house like a modern boat is built."